Journalist claims Milan have taken ‘small step’ regarding €15m Hellas Verona defender

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan do have an interest in signing Hellas Verona centre-back Matteo Lovato and have taken a ‘small step’, according to one journalist.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Calciomercato.com) recently reported that the 20-year-old centre-back has ended up in crosshairs of the Rossoneri management, who are determined to sign a young centre-back in the January window.

Not only that, but the paper added that there has been first contacts between Milan and the management of Hellas Verona to scope out a potential deal, with Paolo Maldini and co. still determined to bolster the defensive depth and with the Gialloblu having set a €15m asking price.

Now, journalist Matteo Fontana of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere di Verona and Hellas1903.it has spoken exclusively to PianetaMilan about Lovato and the Rossoneri’s interest in him.

“The fixed points are those already extensively outlined by Carlo Laudisa on the pages of the Gazzetta. He is a player followed by Milan, especially after the Rossoneri started this policy of ‘rejuvenating’ the squad,” he began.

“Lovato is an interesting profile, despite having made only a few appearances in Serie A. He has a valuation of 15 million, but it is clear that Verona will not let him go easily in January.

“There have already been some calls, Milan have taken a small step, but we will see in the coming weeks if we understand more. It will also depend on his performance whether he will continue to play like this or not.”

On what Milan could expect from the player should he end up making the move to San Siro, Fontana added.

“He is a very talented young guy with high potential. He is a physically strong defender, of size, good at headers. He has already improved from many points of view in recent months.

“My feeling is that, unlike Kumbulla, he can adapt and play better in a four-man defense. He’s very focused and good at learning.”

Lovato has appeared in every Serie A game so far this season for the Gialloblu and was particularly impressive during last Sunday night’s 1-1 draw against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium.

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